The Cardinals went into the offseason with their top two running backs on course for free agency and they wound up holding onto one of them.
James Conner re-signed with the team while Chase Edmonds moved on to a new contract with the Dolphins. Those decisions moved Conner into a clear No. 1 role in the team’s backfield and they also opened up a place for another back to take on complementary duties.
The Cardinals signed former Chief Darrell Williams, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested a holdover from last season’s roster may be in line for a bigger role in the offense in his third NFL season.
“Eno Benjamin has been tremendous. [He is] another guy who never had an offseason and he’s out there and looks like he could be a starting running back,” Kingsbury said, via Jess Root of USAToday.com.
Benjamin, a 2020 seventh-round pick, ran 34 times for 118 yards and a touchdown last season. Williams has a longer track record of production in the league, but continued good showings in camp could open the door for Benjamin to take on a bigger role this season.